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Shoreham-by-Sea and the Downs Link

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Shoreham-by-Sea and the Downs Link
Author: West Sussex Weekends, Published: 20 Oct 2015 Walk Rating:star1 Shoreham-by-Sea and the Downs Link walking guidestar1 Shoreham-by-Sea and the Downs Link walking guidestar1 Shoreham-by-Sea and the Downs Link walking guidestar1 Shoreham-by-Sea and the Downs Link walking guidestar0 Shoreham-by-Sea and the Downs Link walking guide
West Sussex, Shoreham-by-Sea
Walk Type: Hills, valleys and dales
Shoreham-by-Sea and the Downs Link
Length: 8 miles,  Difficulty: boot Shoreham-by-Sea and the Downs Link walking guide boot Shoreham-by-Sea and the Downs Link walking guide
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Hello there, I'm Claire and this is my West Sussex Weekends walk. I love exploring on foot with my husband, opening our eyes to things most people don't see and discovering our own special places together. This 7.5 mile walk takes in the lovely Adur Valley and then climbs into the South Downs. Is there anything more satisfying than getting some fresh air after a busy week? To read my full story visit www.west-sussex-weekends.com so I can tell you why I think you will love this walk and what highlights to expect. The West Sussex Weekends website is a great resource where you will also find ideas for places to stay, eat and drink plus plenty more inspirational stories to tempt you to explore more corners of West Sussex.

The walk is flat for the first few miles, before a fairly stiff climb onto the South Downs and a gentle descent back into town. Half of the route is surfaced, but the paths through the downs and farms can be very muddy at times so good boots are a must. You will need to negotiate several gates, some steps and two stiles (both with gaps alongside for dogs to pass through). You will be sharing one of the pastures with cattle (although this stretch is on the South Downs Way so the livestock are used to walkers), one with sheep and one with horses. Small Dexter cattle are also used for conservation grazing in the nature reserve at some times of the year. Allow 3.5 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at Shoreham-by-Sea rail station which sits on the south coast line with trains running between Brighton and Southampton and from London Victoria. If you are coming by car, the rail station has its own car park alongside which costs £4.40 Mon to Sat and £2 on Sundays and Bank Holidays (correct October 2015). Approximate post code BN43 5UA.

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Walk Sections

Start to Downs Link
Start to Downs Link

Start point: 50.8346 lat, -0.2715 long
End point: 50.8398 lat, -0.2863 long

Leave Shoreham-by-Sea Station via Platform 1 and make your way to the main road, Buckingham Road. With your back to the station and the level crossing to your left, cross over Buckingham Road with care and take the side road ahead, Queen’s Place. Follow this road all the way to the end at a crossroads.

Go straight ahead, signed with a blue cycle sign for the Downs Link. At the next crossroads, go ahead once again to join Swiss Gardens, passing a school on your right. Further along, Swiss Gardens becomes Connaught Avenue. Simply keep ahead along this avenue, which eventually swings right and leads you to a T-junction. Turn left to reach the mini-roundabout with The Amsterdam pub on the left and The Red Lion pub on the right. Cross over the road with care and go through the small wooden gate to reach the estuary side footpath and cycleway known as the Downs Link.

Downs Link to South Downs Way
Downs Link to South Downs Way

Start point: 50.8398 lat, -0.2863 long
End point: 50.8707 lat, -0.3009 long

Turn right along the Downs Link, heading inland with the River Adur running on the left. Across to the left you will be able to see a wooden footbridge, Old Shoreham Tollbridge originally built in 1781, and the large impressive chapel of Lancing College. Tap the Listen button below (available via App only) to hear more about the college...

Do NOT cross the bridge, instead keep straight ahead on the Downs Link, a wide stone track with the River Adur running across to the left. The Downs Link leads you past a wooden heron sculpture and then under the A27. The Downs Link follows old rail lines and, today, is a route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders that links the North Downs Way at St Martha’s Hill in Surrey with the South Downs Way at Botolphs and then continues down to the coast here at Shoreham-by-Sea.

Follow the Downs Link path for about 2 miles and eventually you will come to a path T-junction with the River Adur ahead, marked with a fingerpost. Turn right, staying with the Downs Link track. The track follows the line of the Adur swinging steadily left and, further along, swings right to reach a crossroads with the South Downs Way, with a river footbridge on your left.

South Downs Way to Mill Hill
South Downs Way to Mill Hill

Start point: 50.8707 lat, -0.3009 long
End point: 50.8738 lat, -0.2847 long

Do NOT cross the river, instead turn right (signed to Devil’s Dyke) and follow this path out to a lay-by alongside the A283. Walk straight ahead, over the near grass verge and then cross the A283, taking time to watch and listen for traffic as it can be busy. At the far side, turn left along the pavement, pass the bus stop and then turn right alongside a metal gate (signed as the South Downs Way).

Follow this grass and stone track leading you steadily uphill between fenced pastures. As you reach the gate at the top of the first stretch, it is the perfect spot to pause, catch your breath and admire the views across the Adur Valley that have opened up behind you.

Pass through the gate (NOTE: this pasture is likely to be holding cattle) and follow the obvious track directly ahead across the field. Across to the right you will have a great view across Lancing College Chapel and out over the English Channel. Within the field itself, just to your right, is the steep dry valley known as Anchor Bottom.

At the end of the field, pass through the bridle gate to reach a T-junction with a stone track. Turn right for just a few paces and then turn right again to join the small tarmac lane, Mill Hill, signed as a public byway.

Mill Hill to Nature Reserve
Mill Hill to Nature Reserve

Start point: 50.8738 lat, -0.2847 long
End point: 50.8536 lat, -0.2831 long

Follow this quiet tarmac lane, taking care of any occasional traffic, with the pasture that you just crossed running immediately on your right. You will pass the end of Anchor Bottom and then simply stay with the lane which leads you up and over the brow of the hill. From this highest vantage point you will be able to see a long stretch of the River Adur as it winds through the valley to the right and a wide expanse of the sea ahead. It feels like you can see forever, it’s got to be my favourite bit of the walk.

Continue downhill for half a mile at which point you will find a fingerpost on the right (about 200 metres before the lane enters a tunnel of trees). Turn right through the small gate to join the signed public footpath. Follow the stone track, staying close to the left-hand field boundary. Just before the bottom field corner, follow the track as it swings left into the adjacent field.

Keep straight ahead on the obvious track with a crop field on your right and a hedgerow running on your left. Beyond the crop field, stay with the stone track as it leads you between fenced pastures to reach Erringham Farm. Pass the farm buildings on your left and then cross the stile ahead to enter a horse paddock. Cross the paddock at 11 o’clock and cross the next stile to enter a sheep pasture. Follow the obvious grass track ahead, with a bank of scrub on the left. At the end of the pasture, a couple of gates lead you into Mill Hill Nature Reserve.

Nature Reserve to End
Nature Reserve to End

Start point: 50.8536 lat, -0.2831 long
End point: 50.8348 lat, -0.2714 long

NOTE: Cattle are used at some points during the year to provide conservation grazing so take particular care with dogs. Immediately after passing through the wooden gate into the reserve, turn right (signed as the public footpath). Follow this narrow path which hugs the contour line of the hillside. At the far end, follow the path up the wooden steps and you will emerge to a T-junction with a higher grass path.

Turn right and stay on the main grass path which leads you to the nature reserve’s parking area. Leave the reserve through the gate and turn right along the road, Mill Hill, taking care of traffic for the first short stretch which is fairly narrow. Join the pavement as the road leads you over the A27. Beyond the bridge, ignore the footpath signed off to the right, simply keep ahead on Mill Hill, descending steadily between houses.

At the end you will come to a T-junction. Cross over and turn left along the pavement, following the road as it swings right. At the end of the road you will come to a crossroads. Use the zebra crossing to cross over and go straight ahead into Mill Lane. Towards the bottom of the road you will pass Mill Lane cemetery on the right and, just as the road swings right, turn left into the side road which is a continuation of Mill Lane.

At the end of Mill Lane you will come to a T-junction with Buckingham Road. Turn right for just 200 metres and you will reach Shoreham-by-Sea rail station where the walk began. If you are looking for refreshments, keep straight ahead beyond the station and then follow East Street, running to the left of St Mary’s Church, where you will find plenty of options.

If you enjoyed this walk, remember to visit www.west-sussex-weekends.com where you will also find ideas for places to stay, eat and drink plus plenty more inspirational stories to tempt you to explore more corners of West Sussex. Tap the Listen button (available via App only) to find out more...

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Absolutely lovely walk, the views are wonderful. Helps I got a beautiful day for it!

By angela on 05 Jun 2016

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Key Image (required)

This is the main photograph used to illustrate the walk and can, if you wish, be the only photograph used of the walk. We recommend that you use a picture that characterises the walk, if possible, to show potential walkers what they might find or see. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

There are many image editing and manipulation applications available, so many that we cannot make particular recommendations although almost all are excellent. Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. This creates a file that is well under 2Mb in size, contains plenty of detail and displays well in almost any browser. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission. If you are concerned about image theft then we also suggest you include a small watermark in any corner of the image, but please remember that large watermarks that hide the image will not be popular with viewers!

Pdf file

Pdf file for walk

Icon (recommended)

The icon is a small image, 60 pixels square, used to provide a label for the walk when displayed in lists or in iFootpath Mobile. It is recommended that a small, square image for such use is created and uploaded. This should be in JPEG, GIF, BMP or PNG format and less than 100Kb in size. If you do not provide an icon the walk will be automatically given a generic system icon. If you do upload a photograph for the walk icon its size will be checked by the system and it will automatically be resized to 60 pixels square. However, please also note that if the image is not square in format it may be cropped and you will not get the result you might have expected. Just thought you should know!

Getting There (required)

This provides a text area to explain how to get to the start of the walk. It is good to include a post code.

Preview

This function allows you to see how your published walk would look, before you submit as 'Ready' for review.

Status

When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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